Clarifying the nomenclature for primary angle-closure glaucoma

Yong Yeon Kim, Hai Ryun Jung

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Abstract

Despite tremendous development in the field of glaucoma, there is confusion in the nomenclature system for classification, gonioscopy, and mechanisms of primary angle-closure glaucoma. In this article, we critically review the various nomenclature systems and suggest some modifications to the current classifications. These include four diagnostic categories: 1) angle- closure glaucoma suspect; 2) angle-closure hypertension; 3) chronic angle- closure glaucoma; and 4) acute angle-closure glaucoma. Gonioscopy is valuable for evaluating primary angle-closure glaucoma but more precise descriptions of gonioscopic observations are needed. Because of racial differences in the prevalence and mechanisms of primary angle-closure glaucoma, worldwide population-based study is necessary. Newer technologies, such as ultrasound biomicroscopy, show promise for the study of primary angle-closure glaucoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-136
Number of pages12
JournalSurvey of Ophthalmology
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Sep

Keywords

  • Acute angle-closure glaucoma
  • Angle- closure ocular hypertension
  • Angle-closure glaucoma suspect
  • Chronic angle-closure glaucoma
  • Creeping angle closure
  • Gonioscopy
  • Plateau iris
  • Primary angle-closure glaucoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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